© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Harun Farocki

Übertragung, 2007

Single-channel video installation Video, color, sound, 43 min Director, Scriptwriter: Harun Farocki Idea: Antje Ehmann Research: Antje Ehmann, Christiane Hitzemann, Regina Krotil, Matthias Rajmann, Isabell Verret Camera: Carlos Echeverria, Harun Farocki, Ingo Kratisch, Matthias Rajmannn Editing: Meggie Schneider, Sound: Jochen Jezussek Location manager: Avi Perez, Haim Perez Technical director: Jan Ralske Production: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin Commissioned by "Kunst Öffentlichkeit Zürich" With support of Schwyzer-Winker Stiftung


Artwork text

Many cultures and religions conceive of memorial sites, monuments, relics, and scenes of worship as “media” that allow for communication between the present and the past, the sacred and the profane. The documentary filmmaker and media artist Harun Farocki’s video Transmission portrays the ritualized gestures with which pilgrims and tourists connect to sites of remembrance and cult objects. The film focuses on the instants in which people make contact with these media by touching them, with their hands, their foreheads or mouths, their feet or even entire bodies. “What all these rituals, whether casual, routine, or sacred, have in common is that they seek to touch upon the untouchable, to take physical possession of the spiritual, to make the incomprehensible tangible.” (Harun Farocki) (Jürgen Tabor)

Lending history
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